Issues of Interest & Concern

Issues that the ARF-D is following with interest and/or concern.

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, TO PARTICIPATE AT THE 58TH SESSION OF THE UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC.TO PARTICIPATE AT THE 58TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY The Armenian Relief Society, Inc., as an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), is again participating and hosting multiple panel discussions at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of…

“Help Your Brother” To Provide Food Aid To 500 Syrian Armenian Families

The “Help Your Brother” foundation continues providing assistance to Syrian Armenians especially those having settled in Armenia. From February 12 and for five days on, from 12:00-18:00 pm, and with the cooperation of the Christian Medical Association food aid will be supplied to around 500 Syrian Armenian families at the Armenian Scouts’ Organization offices (17/6…

Switzerland Must Appeal European Court’s Verdict On The Armenian Genocide

By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier The European Court of Human Rights issued last week a critical Armenian Genocide-related ruling in the case of Dogu Perincek vs. Switzerland. Perincek, the leader of a minor Turkish political party, had traveled to Switzerland in 2005 with the intention of daring the Swiss authorities to punish him…

Reducing the Risk of 1988

By Serouj Aprahamian (armenianweekly.com) – Twenty five years ago, on December 7, 1988, a catastrophic earthquake ripped through Armenia, decimating the town of Spitak and surrounding areas. The quake left more than 25,000 people dead, 15,000 injured, 517,000 homeless, and $14.2 billion in economic damage. Earthquake Graphic 300×300 Reducing the Risk of 1988 This year,…

Armenian Economy Considered “Most Monopolized” Among Ex-Soviet States

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) — Armenia has the most monopolized economy among former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, according to a new report released by the World Bank (WB), asbarez.com reports. The report entitled “Re-Engineering a New Growth Model for Armenia: Accumulation, Competition, and Connectivity” was presented at the WB Yerevan office on Wednesday. According to…

Announcement of the Conference of the ANCs of the American Continent and Australia

The Conference of the Armenian National Committees of the American continent and Australia was held on November 16-17, in Montreal, Canada. Representatives from the ANCs of Canada, Eastern USA, Western USA and Australia as well as a delegation from the Washington office of the Armenian National Committee of America attended the Conference. The global political…

Violence Claims More Armenian Lives in Syria

(armenianweekly.com) DAMASCUS, Syria — In recent weeks the Syrian conflict has claimed a number of Armenian victims, including two children, whose loss has shocked the community. On Nov. 11, as students were released from the Holy Translators Armenian National School (Azgayin Surb Targmanjats Jemaran) in the Bab Tuma district, a mortar fell by the main…

New ESI report: Disgraced – Azerbaijan and the end of election monitoring as we know it

The following letter appeared on the ESI Newsletter Dear friends of ESI, A few weeks ago, in early October 2013, some 1,300 international observers from 50 different organisations arrived in Azerbaijan to monitor presidential elections. Forty-nine monitoring groups praised the elections as free and fair, meeting European standards. One group concluded that there were “significant…